Fans of classical music have a threefold opportunity Sunday: Three musicians playing three sets as part of Chamber Music on the Hill’s September concert at McDaniel College.
“There is a set a variations by Beethoven, that’s for three instruments — cello, violin and piano. Then we are playing a sonata for cello and piano by Johannes Brahms and then an intermission. After the intermission there’s sonata for piano and violin by Richard Strauss,” said McDaniel professor and pianist for the performance, David Kreider.
He’ll be performing with his colleagues, cellist Maxim Kozlov and violinist Bagus Wiswakarma.
Kozlov, originally from Russia, played in the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, according to Kreider, while Wiswakarma is from Indonesia and studied in Germany before coming to Carroll County.
The concert will be held at 3 p.m. in the Decker Center Forum, and tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and members of the military, and free for children. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.mcdaniel.edu/cmoth.
“The forum … is the perfect venue for chamber music with the acoustics and seating; good viewing for everybody,” said John Holbert, chair of the Chamber Music on the Hill board of directors. “It’s the most ideal place for us to have a concert at McDaniel College.”
But there is a third element of the concert beyond the musicians and music itself, and that is its role as a tribute to another musician who has made her mark on Carroll County: Peggy Ward.
Ward was responsible for starting the annual summertime music camp at McDaniel College, according to Holbert, and a string instrument project she launched eventually grew into the Opus Community Music School in Sykesville.
“Peggy is always on the go — she is always looking for opportunities to enhance the musical ambiance in the county,” Holbert said. “I believe her birthday is Sunday. She is turning 90 but certainly hasn’t lost any of her energy.”
When Ward moved from her Westminster home into the Brightview Westminster Ridge, Holbert said, she again saw the need for music in the community around her.
“She said, ‘Hey, we need to have some music,’ so she started something called Third Thursdays and it was bringing musicians to play for the residents there,” he said. “David actually played on that series.”
“I’ve known Peggy probably for at least 20 years, maybe longer. She has been a very vital force in the community for music,” Kreider added. “She herself is a very fine musician. She studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, and she was a concert violist and a violist at the Kennedy Center.”
And now, at the age of 90, Kreider said, Ward is moving on to yet another venue.
“She’s moving to Idaho to be with one of her children,” he said. “So this is kind of farewell for Peggy for the Westminster area. That’s why we felt it was important to recognize her.”